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    Mobile Mechanics / amateur mechanic

    I bought a 2000 AWD GMC Safari/Chevy Astro, that needs some work. If you're not aware, these are pretty rare, and I bought it on an impulse sight-unseen because the cargo box it came with was worth about as much as I paid for the van. The owner was selling it cheap because he thought the transmission was going out. Turns out it was just the cam shaft position sensor, which was fairly cheap to fix, but there are a number of other problems that are mostly just labor. Leaks galore, needs hoses re-done. Doesn't make sense to have a shop do this at whatever ungodly hourly rate they charge in the Bay Area California.

    I'm seeing a lot of advertisements for mobile mechanics that seem considerably cheaper. Has anyone used one? I'm thinking less overhead = cheaper rate, and not less quality. I mean it's an old van and just needs some elbow grease, not any fancy diagnostics or technical troubleshooting...

    Or where can I find an amateur mechanic? I tried craigslist and 99% were mobile mechanics.

    edit: forgot to say I'm fairly worthless and mildy retarded. Can't do much myself.
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    Originally Posted by SAD_COW_DISEASE View Post
    Or where can I find an amateur mechanic? I tried craigslist and 99% were mobile mechanics.

    edit: forgot to say I'm fairly worthless and mildy retarded. Can't do much myself.
    The best advice I can give you is if you are finding a shadetree guy to do it ask some people you trust to refer someone.

    Don't give your car to an unlicensed mechanic unless you know him pretty goddamn well, best case a dealer tech working side jobs for cash. You dont have a business to sue if chit goes really sideways.
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    Originally Posted by engj View Post
    The best advice I can give you is if you are finding a shadetree guy to do it ask some people you trust to refer someone.

    Don't give your car to an unlicensed mechanic unless you know him pretty goddamn well, best case a dealer tech working side jobs for cash. You dont have a business to sue if chit goes really sideways.
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